January 17th, 2012
08:45 PM ET
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Previously: Paula Deen confirms that she has type 2 diabetes, unveils partnership with drug company

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Spouse vs Spouse: a soup showdown
January 17th, 2012
08:00 PM ET
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Welcome to round seven of Spouse vs. Spouse, a series in which a couple of married food freaks, CNN’s Brandon and Kristy Griggs, square off in their Atlanta kitchen for culinary bragging rights – and invite you to weigh in too.

In each installment, Kristy and Brandon each make a creative variation on the same ingredient or dish – everything from pasta to seafood to cocktails to desserts. We serve both versions anonymously to our friends, who then judge which one they like better and why. We walk you through our kitchen process, bring the husband-and-wife smack talk and, of course, keep score. We also share our recipes here so that you can try them for yourself.

Our theme: Soup

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January 17th, 2012
07:30 PM ET
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A co-founder of the Pinkberry frozen yogurt franchise has been arrested and is accused of beating a homeless man with a tire iron near downtown Los Angeles, authorities said Tuesday.

Young Lee, 47, is charged with one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon, with a special allegation that the assault caused great bodily injury, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said. The homeless man suffered a broken arm and several cuts to his head.

If found guilty, Lee, who was convicted of possession of a controlled substance and carrying a loaded firearm in 2001 faces up to seven years in prison. He was released on $60,000 bail, the district attorney's office said.

Read - Pinkberry co-founder arrested on assault allegation

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January 17th, 2012
04:15 PM ET
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A very short time ago, in Boston, Massachusetts, hungry Arisia Sci-Fi Convention attendees chowed down on what its creators described as "the world’s most epic cake."

According to Tyler Oakleaf, co-owner of Amanda Oakleaf Cakes, it took a staff of ten to assemble the 6 foot 4 inch edible Stormtrooper using 208 eggs, 20 pounds of butter, 140 pounds of sugar, 35 pounds of flour, 55 pounds of marshmallows and 30 pounds of Rice Krispies Treats.

While the 300 pound cake might have served as late morning snack for Jabba the Hutt, it took nearly 600 conventioneers to take down the cake (which was donated by the bakery) at $15 a pop, or roughly thirty Galactic Standard Credits*.

*If we have our Star Wars math correct. And we're sure you'll tell us if we don't. Help us, Geek Out!

Box lunch: Braille buns and Tebowing pretzels
January 17th, 2012
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Read my sesame bun: South African burger chain Wimpy is offering Braille burgers to promote January as National Braille Literacy Month. - Mental Floss

  • The brown M&M will finally make an animated appearance during an ad on Super Bowl Sunday. - New York Times

  • In Canada, size really does matter. Tim Hortons announced its 24-ounce extra large coffee cup for those looking for a super-sized pick-me-up. - Toronto Life

  • Devoted fans say sayonara to Dublin Dr. Pepper, the Mexican Coke of the Dr. Pepper realm, as the soft drink's plant shuts down. - Serious Eats
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Paula Deen confirms that she has type 2 diabetes, unveils partnership with drug company
January 17th, 2012
09:05 AM ET
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Southern celebrity chef Paula Deen appeared on the Today Show with Al Roker this morning to address rumors that she has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Deen confirmed, "I was diagnosed three years ago during a regular physical exam with my doctor, that I had type 2 diabetes. I am here today to let the world know that it is not a death sentence. I am working with a very reputable pharmaceutical company. I'm working on a new program called 'Diabetes in a New Light.' You can go to our website. I'm going to be there for you and help you manage every day of your life with this, because it can be done."

The chef, who has come under fire in recent years for the unhealthy nature of many of her recipes, also announced that she is working as a paid spokesperson for the drug company Novo Nordisk, which manufactures Victoza - an injectable, non-insulin drug used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

Breakfast buffet: National hot buttered rum day
January 17th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

This ain't Harry Potter's butterbeer - January 17 is National Hot Buttered Rum Day!

Whether you like a little rum with your butter or a little butter with your rum, today is perfect for rum and butter lovers! A few sips, and you'll feel warm from your head to your toes - and happier than you were just minutes ago.

We've been sipping on this venerable drink since colonial times in America. Once we started importing molasses from Jamaica, distilleries opened across New England in the 1650s. Adding rum to hot drinks like toddies and nogs seemed natural - and thank goodness for that! (There's that inventive American spirit at work again.)

Coffee klatsch
January 17th, 2012
05:00 AM ET
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Pssst! Got a sec to chat?

We are utterly thrilled when readers want to hang out and talk – whether it's amongst themselves or in response to pieces we've posted. We want Eatocracy to be a cozy, spirited online home for those who find their way here.

Consider the daily Coffee Klatsch post as your VIP lounge – the primary comments thread for readers who'd like to chat about topics not related to the articles we're running. That way, everyone knows where to find each other, and each post's comments section remains on topic.

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